Dr. Nia (Siti Kaniawati) MacKay is a trained researcher and educator in Animal Genetics and Microbiology. She’s born in Indonesia where she got her bachelor degree in 1984 from a leading university in Indonesia Bogor Agriculture University. She earned a full scholarship in 1988 to pursue graduate degree in the US at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR where she earned her MS degree in 1990 and PhD in 1993. She has worked as professor, researcher and lecturer at University of Lampung, Indonesia, her almamater Univ. of Arkansas, and at a local community college. Nia has also worked as a microbiologist in private independent laboratories in Richardson and Irving, TX. She has served as president, chair, co-chair, and/or coordinator of various nonprofits organizations, including Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT), Peacemakers Incorporated, DFW International, Dallas Women Coalition. She was the first spokesperson elected for the North Texas Islamic Council in 2009, the first Muslim member and Board Director of Oak Cliff Lions Club in 2010 and in The Dallas Summit (2012). She just joined the Leagues of Women’s Voter Dallas Chapter in April 2013. Nia was involved in the 3rd International Women’s Peace Conference in 2007 as Coordinator of Communications, oversaw 6 subcommittees including Marketing and Publicity. She was elected as president of Peacemakers Inc. in 2009 and was the first Muslim to hold this position. During her term, Castleberry Peace Institute, one of Peacemakers Inc. program was adopted by Univeristy of North Texas, becomes part of its Peace Studies Program. In 2010 she was chosen to participate and completed the FBI Citizen’s Academy(FBI CA) training, representing the Muslim communities in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. She’s currently an active member of the FBI CA Alumni Association and its affiliate organization, Infragard. She has presented and published numerous scientific research in selected journals, as well as given speeches about Islam, Muslims and the role of women in Islam at interfaith groups, churches, schools, organizations and as a lecturer at Richland College’s Emeritus Programs. She’s certified aerobics instructor and a competitive figure ice skater. She and her ensemble team competed at the 2012 ISI World Team Championship (finished 5th place) and at The Parks’ 9th Annual ISI Competition in September 2012 with her daughter Anissa (11), from which they won bronze medal. In March 2012, she was featured in the women’s Muslim magazine ‘Azizah’ in ‘Body and Mind: Beyond 50.’ She has been married to Michael Abdullah Mikail MacKay for 21 years and being blessed with two children.